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Anushka Manchanda in Angry Indian Goddesses. Photo by Charudutt Chitrak. (Mongrel Media)
Anushka Manchanda in Angry Indian Goddesses. Photo by Charudutt Chitrak. (Mongrel Media)

Angry Indian Goddesses: Feminist buddy pic builds to startling conclusion Add to ...

  • Directed by Pan Nalin
  • Written by Pan Nalin, Subhadra Mahajan, Dilip Shankar, Arsala Qureishi
  • Starring Sarah-Jane Dias, Amrit Maghera, Sandhya Mridul
  • Classification 14A

In the steamy Indian state of Goa, five unconventional women gather to celebrate a friend’s forthcoming wedding. They talk, they dance and they joyously refute the patriarchal culture that oppresses and harasses them. With a strong ensemble and high energy, director Pan Nalin is moving this surprising feminist buddy pic toward a series of minor emotional resolutions – one woman comes out of the closet; another realizes she is neglecting her young daughter – when the movie takes a melodramatic and decidedly political turn into tragedy. It works, partly because the Indian cinema, accustomed to epics encompassing musical, comedy and tragedy, has a sprawling sensibility and partly because the script, for all its sunshine and sentiment, has actually built to its startling conclusion.

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